From newly independent nations of Africa to locations in the Far East and remote cosmos, jazz from the mid-1950s onwards imagined liberation through distant places and spaces. In a new series, Derek Walmsley journeys through the sketches of these new worlds. First call: Lee Morgan's "Search For The New Land"
Q: What album was so important that ten million copies of it needed to be pressed at once? A: Songs Of The Humpback Whale. Musician and writer David Rothenberg wonders at the complex beauty of whale song
Philip Brophy listens in to the occultic meanderings of Ben Rivers and Ben Russell's experimental film and finds the secret power of audiovision.
Kasper Opstrup cracks open the Third Mind and gets into the vibe with William Burroughs and Brion Gysin, Matmos, Jennifer Walshe, Tomomi Adachi, Kouhei Matsunaga and more
Sarah Angliss traces the vocal-throwing art's continued persistence in the face of obsolescence, and the peculiar relationship between performers and their knee pals.
Tony Herrington decodes the covers of two radical political book publishers with musical roots
Reasserting the roots of Kraftwerk’s sound in African-American R&B and jazz reveals how the soul of electronic dance music is being throttled by the dead hand of the culture industry. By Tony Herrington
Ergot Records label head Adrian Rew finds readymade plunderphonics and corporate mind control on the gambling floor.
The Polish experimental musician and composer Zbigniew Karkowski died on 12 December 2013. Atau Tanaka writes an open letter to an artist of "vision and principle".
The Polish experimental musician and composer Zbigniew Karkowski died on 12 December 2013. Richard Whitelaw remembers an artist whose music could "suck the soul out of your body".
Jazz is radical music, so why is it funded by big business? asks Dan Spicer.
Lou Reed died 27 October, 2013. Here Mark E Smith eulogises – on being a criminally devout Velvet Underground fan. Not a 'Velvets' or 'Lou Reed' fan.
When funding bodies treat culture as a business enterprise, their insistence on results discriminates against music’s true value, argues Richards.
Lou Reed died 27 October, 2013. Lydia Lunch pays tribute to the gender bender.
Lou Reed died 27 October, 2013. "So I fucking hated that song. I hated the record with the cool banana and I hated everything in the world but especially that record." Carla Bozulich arrives late to The Velvets.
Lou Reed died on 27 October, 2013. Ulrich Krieger remembers his time working with Reed on Metal Machine Trio.
Lou Reed died on 27 October, 2013. Masami Akita aka Merzbow pays tribute.
Lou Reed died on 27 October, 2013. “Whatever you do, don’t talk to Lou.” Byron Coley ignores a warning.
Lou Reed died on 27 October, 2013. Einstürzende Neubauten's Alexander Hacke on Reed's ultimate misanthropy, and the hidden Evil in his noise.
Lou Reed died on 27 October, 2013. Musician Alex Neilson on how 1978's Take No Prisoners intensified and counter acted his prejudices about Reed
Lou Reed died 27 October, 2013. Zeitkratzer's Reinhold Friedl remembers Reed, and performing Metal Machine Music
Lou Reed died on 27 October, 2013. Can's Irmin Schmidt on the sudden awakening brought on by The VU
Lou Reed died on 27 October, 2013. Ambarchi remembers Reed, from a near encounter on NYC's subway to telling the rock god to keep on fucking playing.
Lou Reed died on 27 October, 2013. Alan Licht on Reed, the connector.